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The objectives of American Forests, publisher of American Forests magazine, are to help people plant and care for trees for ecosystem restoration and healthier communities.

Articles from Vol. 117, No. 4, Winter

A Historic Loss
WHEN ARLINGTON HOUSE WAS BUILT nearby in 1802, this tree was already 10 years old. When the 1,100-acre estate on which it lived was confiscated by the federal government during the Civil War, it was 70. When its shade was chosen as the final resting...
American Forests and Subaru "Share the Love"
IN 2009, AMERICANS DROVE ALMOST THREE TRILLION MILES according to estimates from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. Over the course of your car's lifetime, it will emit 108,000-plus pounds--or 54 tons--of [CO.sub.2] which is why American Forests...
American Forests Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act
HEALTHY FORESTS AND CLEAN water are interdependent. About 60 percent of freshwater resources in this country come from forests, which cover about one-third of the nation's land area. Forests absorb rain, refill underground aquifers, cool and cleanse...
Endangered Forest Species: Can Private Landowners Do Enough?
LAURIE WAYBURN STANDS QUIETLY in a forest glade surrounded by towering coastal redwoods. A breeze wafts the five-fingered ferns at her feet and ruffles the flat needles in the branches overhead. Wayburn closes her eyes, tilts her head and listens....
Mangroves in the Mist: Coastal Mangroves Forests Need Conservation, and Fast
STRADDLING BOTHLAND AND sea, mangrove forests are biologically rich coast keepers, providing sanctuary for diverse species, nurseries for marine life, habitat for birds and protection for shorelines. Mangrove forests--wooded, tropical wetlands--buffer...
More Than Skin Deep
DURING THE PAST YEAR, YOU MAY have noticed that American Forests has made several changes to the way we present ourselves to the world. In June, we introduced our new logo. In July, we launched a totally redesigned and rewritten website. We have...
Regrowing a Forest: After the Worst Fire Season on Record, Groundbreaking Restoration Projects Work to Help Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Flourish Once Again
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IS NO STRANGER to wildfire. Year after year, the area prepares itself for another fire season, which begins in late summer and runs through the fall. It is during this time that the infamous Santa Ana winds make their way across...
Research Forester Greg McPherson
AMERICAN FORESTS' SCIENCE Advisory Board member Dr. Greg McPherson is a research forester with the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station located in Davis, California. In 2000, he received the International Society of Arboriculture's...
Sand Pines & Springs: In Addition to Housing Some of the Southeast's Most Rare and Valued Ecosystem, Ocala National Forest Offers Birdwatching, Canoeing, Hiking and More
THERE AREN'T TOO MANY NATIONAL forests where you have to be on the lookout for both alligators and bears. It's also unusual to be able to swim in a pool where 60 million gallons of water are bursting through the Earth's surface underneath you. Add...
Teaching among the Trees
STATE AND NATIONAL FORESTS are often used as outdoor classrooms, but in some places, the forest isn't just a classroom; it s the school itself! These outdoor schools--designed for young children, usually ages three to five--are called "forest kindergartens"...
Welcome, Science Advisory Board
AS PART OF AMERICAN FORESTS' mission to continue to pursue projects based on sound science, we recently appointed the American Forests Science Advisory Board. The members of this board are experts in a number of scientific fields and will help inform...
When Giants Fall
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN A 240-FOOT-tall, 1,500-ton, 1,500-year-old tree falls and blocks a trail visited by thousands of tourists per week? The USDA Forest Service found itself facing this very question on September 30, 2011 when a giant sequoia came...
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